Easy DIY Vintage Sign

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Projects for the last leg of summer have to be either really simple or done in stages between the fun stuff.  My little laundry closet is just the perfect site for both of those.  It’s so tiny that everything is pretty simple.  Once the kids go back to school, it’s back to the big rooms and no more of these lazy summer days!

The last project I showed you was a simple bracket for a shelf.  Mine was used to hold a shelf above the washer and dryer.  Adorable as that shelf is, the wall is still pretty bare and in need of some prettying up.  Let’s face it.  Laundry sucks.  At least we can make the laundry room a bit more bearable.

So I made an easy DIY sign.  A simple and sweet DIY sign.

Here is a piece of scrap 1/2″ plywood I found in my garage.  I literally found it stuck under a pallet and it turned out to be the perfect size.  Thank the big guy for small favors.

piece of 1/2" plywood in a rectangular shape


  • I gave it a bit of a sanding to get rid of the rough edges, but this is really just a piece of cheap-o sheathing plywood so there isn’t much you can do to improve it.


  • After wiping it down with water to open up the wood, I stained the entire piece with Minwax Dark Walnut.

piece of plywood stained with Minwax Dark Walnut


I have to say, the grain really came out beautifully after the stain.

Sorry, no pictures for the next couple steps because again, it’s summer and I had to get it done quickly before one woke up from a nap or the sprinkler needed to be hooked up, but they are pretty easily explained.

  • Next, I painted over the stain with plain, semi-gloss latex white paint.
  • Then hand painted the letters.
  • Once everything was dry, I gave it a nice sanding to bring out the grain and the stain underneath.  It also made it look old and vintage with worn lettering.

Simple, cute, and best of all…free.

DIY vintage Sign laundry 25 cents

diy vintage sign laundry

diy vintage sign laundry

diy vintage laundry sign

diy vintage laundry sign

Happy Summer Everyone!


  • http://www.housekaboodle.com Sue Pekarek

    Very cool! It would probably sell for an outrageous amount at Michels too. Have to pin it.